Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is hosting 47 Girl Scouts from around the nation for a Girl Scouts Destination, or organization-wide travel experience, centered around the total solar eclipse on August 21. This program was funded by a grant from NASA.
Named “Total Eclipse of the Heartland,” the four day program will engage girls in a multitude of space science activities, including stargazing at camp with River Bend Astronomy Club, sessions at the Saint Louis Science Center’s Live Sky and Eclipse lab, a visit to Challenger Learning Center and even a Skype conversation with Dr. Sandra Magnus, GSSI alumna and former NASA astronaut. Activities will culminate with a trip to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale for eclipse viewing near the exact location of the longest duration of total eclipse. While at SIU, girls will also participate in a massive Science & Tech Expo and be featured on NASA’s live megacast of eclipse events.
“This is a very exciting time for our girls,” said GSSI CEO Sarah Durbin. “We are so proud and excited to connect our STEM programming with such a vibrant opportunity that just happens to pass through our girls’ back yards.”